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Date 19-Oct-21
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Water Temperature  


Conditions : LAKE POWELL: Lake elevation: 3,544 feet Water temperatures: 64–67 °F

The water temperature is now in the perfect zone for bass fishing. Bass spawn during April and May when water temperatures are between 60 and 65 degrees. In the fall, the same temperature range provides the most active feeding opportunities for these fish. If you'd like to fish for bass, now is the best time. Expect the water temperature to remain in the 60s for the next two weeks.

Bass are typically in water that is less than 10 feet deep near the shore or in water up to 30 feet deep in off-shore habitats. Concentrate on habitat like rocky points and shelves. Cast to shallow water near the shore or drop down to deeper water right under the boat. Pay close attention to the feel of the lure hitting the bottom. Bass may see the lure coming and hit it as soon as it is in range, or they may wait and watch it on the bottom before picking up the lure. The bite may be subtle, so pay attention to the weight of the lure as you pick it up. If there is a tiny bit of extra weight, set the hook to see if it is a bass, a stick or an aquatic weed. Bass fishing should be very steady over the length of the lake. A recent report indicated 30 smallmouth and one largemouth bass were caught near Gregory Butte.

The most effective plastic baits reported this week were Yamamoto Shad Shape Worms in natural shad or watermelon/white laminate, used with a drop shot technique and Senkos. This is very similar to reports from the end of April. The bass caught ranged from 12 to 15 inches and were fat and healthy.

Another report from Bullfrog Bay indicated stripers were boiling between Bullfrog Marina and the main channel. The boil was quick but the fish stayed up long enough to provide the intense excitement that comes when fish feed on the surface. It is possible to see stripers boiling anywhere on the lake. It is more common to see surface action early and late in the day. If stripers are not feeding on top, just watch the graph to see if a school of these fish pass under the boat and drop a Kastmaster or your favorite striper spoon down into the school. Another option is to troll shad-imitation trolling lures anytime striper schools pass under your boat. The best striper action is from Padre Bay all the way to Fourmile Canyon at the northern end of Lake Powell. There are more shad in the upper lake than in the Wahweap area, which means this species is much more likely to feed in areas where shad are abundant.

There are more species available to catch lakewide. Watch for bluegill in shallow water near the shore or shade of a houseboat near your camp. Catfish are likely to visit any camp along the shoreline. Walleye are still active early in the morning and as the sun is setting. The water temperature is perfect and it feels just like springtime, so go catch some fish! (Oct. 19, 2021)

Reported by: Utah D.W.R


Species Hatches: Patterns Lures & Spinners
  • Bluegill
  • Brown Trout
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Walleye

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